The Distillers – The Distillers

16 Apr

The Distillers

The Distillers

The Distillers
The Distillers
Label: Epitaph Records
Released: 2000

Brody Dalle – vocals, guitar
Kim Chi Fuellman – bass, vocals
Rose Casper – guitar
Matt Young – drums

1. Oh Serena – 2:32
2. Idoless – 2:28
3. The World Comes Tumblin’ – 3:08
4. L.A. Girl – 2:59
5. Distilla Truant – 2:24
6. Ask the Angels (Ivan Kral, Patti Smith) – 3:10
7. Oldscratch – 0:43
8. Girlfixer (Dalle, Kim Fuellman) – 1:14
9. Open Sky – 3:07
10. Red Carpet and Rebellion – 3:08
11. Colossus U.S.A. – 2:15
12. Blackheart – 1:45
13. Gypsy Rose Lee – 3:54
14. The Blackest Years – 7:28

The punk rock outfit The Distillers first came together in late 1998 when Australian-born guitarist Brody Dalle met bassist Kim Chi and the two bonded over their love for playing punk rock. They proceeded to recruit Detroit guitarist Rose Mazzola and drummer Matt Young.

Signed to Epitaph, the band issued its self-titled debut in April 2000. Sing Sing Death House appeared the same year, but was re-released in early 2002 thanks to the sudden popularity of “Seneca Falls.” By now, Kim Chi had left the group to join Exene Cervenka in her band, the Original Sinners. Ryan Sinn stepped in to replace her; Matt departed to join Chi while Mazzola left during the height of “Seneca Falls”. By summer 2002, The Distillers were composed of Dalle, Sinn, and new drummer Andy Granelli; joint American dates with No Doubt and Garbage were planned for later that fall. Guitarist/vocalist Tony Bradley joined The Distillers in time for the recording of their third album and major-label debut, Coral Fang, which was released in 2003 by Sire. For the album, Armstrong reverted to playing under the name Brody Dalle, following her very public divorce from Rancid’s Tim Armstrong that same year.

Granelli left the band in early 2005, moving on to play with Darker My Love, and by summer, Sinn had exited as well, later joining up with Angels and Airwaves. Despite rumors, The Distillers, now just Dalle and Bradley, denied that they were breaking up, instead simply going on hiatus. In early 2006, Dalle had her first child, daughter Camille, with new husband Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. By the year’s end, the two remaining members formally announced the band’s disbandment and went on to form Spinnerette together.

Sometime after the final track, “The Blackest Years”, there is a hidden track. It is an early version of “Young Girls” which appears on the next album, Sing Sing Death House. But this version contains different lyrics and is performed by Brody Dalle solo on electric guitar.

“The World Comes Tumblin'” has been covered by The Wildhearts on their album of covers, Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before, Vol 1.

If you get the chance to get a copy of this, check it out.

Rating: ** * Two out of three stars

On to the story . . .

The average public restroom for men has about four to five sit-down stalls and four, five or six stand-up urinals that are divided by pieces of wood that come out of the wall twelve inches and are roughly three to four feet tall.

Now, when these restrooms are empty, there are plenty of options to do your business. So, imagine my surprise last week when I walked into an empty restroom and headed to the furthest urinal. Started my business, looked up and saw someone else walk in and go to the urinal next to me.

In doing so, he broke every man-rule under the sun. I could not contain myself. I looked at the guy and said, “Are you fuckin’ kidding me?”

Zipped up, washed and left while calling him and his mother every combination of curse words I could remember.



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One Response to “The Distillers – The Distillers”

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    Eddie Cook Says:

    The album I can take or leave, but the story was great!

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